Wrong Way Down The Motorway
In February 2016, the P. Adams transportation company
(Adams Group ) completed a total of twelve challenging
heavy haulage journeys in just four days with the help
of Goldhofer axle lines.
The task was to move press components weighing a
total of 700 tons from the Danube port of Straubing to
the works of a Korean automotive supplier in
Niederaichbach. With the client more than four weeks
behind schedule with the cargo, the haulage company
had to pull out all the stops t
o meet an extremely demanding delivery target in-
volving twelve journeys in just four days.
Robert Müller, Project and Transport Manager at P.
Adams, was responsible – among other things – for the
route planning. In this case, the 60 kilometre route was
a major challenge.
Out of a total of twelve journeys, three required
special routing. The heaviest item, a 240 ton machine
head, was moved off the barge in the port in Straubing
and placed on 24 Goldhofer THP/ST axle lines.
With the cargo, the complete push-pull rig weighed
in at 370 tons and was almost 60 meters long. Special
measures were also required for the 160 ton press ram
and the 150 ton slide (16 axle lines respectively 19 axle
At Straubing, the rigs were too heavy to pass over
the autobahn bridge. The solution was to drive each of
the heavy loads down the autobahn exit slip road and
on to the wrong carriageway.
The three heavy-duty combinations were driven to
a point where the central barrier could be opened to
permit them to move onto the correct carriageway.
Special Bricks for
For the Serpentine Galleries’ annual event in
London’s Kensington Gardens,
AKT II Limited
vided structural engineering services for the design
of the superstructure of BIG’s 2016 Serpentine
Pavilion, envisioned as an ‘unzipped’ wall of
glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP).
The superstructure, designed by architects,
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is formed of two surfaces
which begin as separate sinusoidal walls at ground
level and rise to merge as a straight, horizontal
line at an elevation of 14 m above ground.
The surfaces are formed from a series of 500
mm by 400 mm bricks. The length of each brick is
such that it overlaps its neighbours sufficiently
enough to create an enclosure, whilst also providing
Photographs © 2016 Serpentine Gallery/AKT II Ltd.
Wor ldwide Panorama
Contractors World International Vol 7 No 4